Girls Write Out
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Denise seems so quiet, so restrained, so placid. But get her behind the drums, and a different person emerges.

The first time I heard she decided she wanted to learn to play the drums for the worship team at her church, I snickered. Denise, MY Denise? The one who agonizes at the thought of getting in front of people? The girl who used to wear beiges and browns so she could fade into the woodwork (I did her colors and fixed that problem.)Then I remembered Ringo Starr. He was the quiet one too. Still waters run deep and all that kind of thing. She took the lessons and began to drum for her church. I was intrigued but she goes to church in Ft Wayne and I got to New Life Baptist in Wabash so I didn't think I'd ever get to see her.

So when I heard she'd volunteered to be the drummer for the conference, I was ecstatic. Finally a chance to see her in action! Well let me just say Ringo's got nothing on our Denise. The first time I heard her break out into a flurry of cymbals and drumbeats I screamed and shouted "YES!" Yes, that's my buddy up there. That's my quiet peep who has come into her own.

She's GOOD, you guys--really, really good. I'm such slime. I couldn't play an instrument in front of people if you held my children over boiling water. Okay, maybe I'd try to save them but it wouldn't be pretty.

It was worth the price of the conference to hear Denise. You go, girl! You make us proud.

On another note, thanks so much for praying for my mom! She's doing much better after scaring us all to death with a serious heart attack. We didn't even know she had heart trouble. I'll never look at a Good Samaritan helicopter quite the same way again.

And happy birthday to my new daughter, Donna! Love you, sweet girl.
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:17 AM  
  Comments (16)
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At 9:07 AM, Blogger Katy said...

I'm glad you told us that was Denise up there. I never sat close enough to see very well, but the music was amazing all the way around. Yay for Denise!!!

So glad you're Mom is improving, Colleen! Yikes.

Katy McKenna

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Tina said...

Praises for your mom and continued prayer. It's great she now knows and can take steps to stay well.

I thought that was Denise Hunter, but she kept disappearing and I don't believe I ever formally met her at confernece. Time was much too short. But she has Such a sweet smile and she rocks behind the drums. That's for sure!!! Way to go Denise.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Katy and Tina. I wish I'd met all the GWO readers personally. Next year, please come up to me and let me hug your neck!

I so enjoyed playing at the conference, and Rachel's awesome leadership made it easy.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Glad your mom's better, Colleen. Thanks for posting the pic of Denise.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Denise was amazing on the drums! Let me tell you, that girl can get down! Soooooo cute, too!!! She's our very own Karen Carpenter (and if you don't know who that is, that's just depressing).

So glad your mom is better, Colleen!

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Amy M said...

I had to write today. I love to read this blog. So funny!

Well, I get to see Denise play the drums most Sundays. And she does ROCK! And every once in a while I see a smile on her face while she's playing and that's how I know she's REALLY enjoying it and having fun. I was amazed when I learned how she decided we needed a drummer and then she taught herself to play.

Love ya, Denise. You Go Girl!

At 11:18 AM, Blogger One More Writer said...

wyI loved watching Denise up there on the drums! I have in my head a YA novel about a mom who plays the drums and she so embodied my character!

Thanks, Denise, for sharing your gift with us all! I wish I'd met you face to face.

Maybe next year.


At 12:30 PM, Blogger Katy said...

Denise--We actually met, although you may have been taken aback by my unorthodox greeting. I was the one who blurted out, "You are SO not Diann Hunt!"

Yeah. That was me. :)

Katy McKenna, whose post today at is titled in honor of our Little Drummer Girl.

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

I'm so sorry I missed hearing her. I have a hard time putting that image with what I've seen of Denise. LOL. It's always the quiet one's.

And Colleen, you can sing...that's something. ;)

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Amy, I had no idea you were reading the blog! Guess I'd better watch my p's and q's. :-)

Katy, so THAT was you! LOL Poor Diann. She gets called Denise all the time. Most recently by Colleen who should know us apart by now.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Yeah, Denise, girl you rock! :)

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I have a serious case of envy and coveting when it come top playing nmusical instruments! Way to go, Denise! You do indeed rock!! :o)

Colleen, I'm still praying for your mom. She'll have some changes to go through. And congrats on teh new dil!

At 8:03 AM, Blogger allen said...

guess I'm the lucky family and I go to Denise's church and we get to hear her drum every Sunday. And that's not all...last week my six year old said that Denise's husband sings like Elvis...

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Allen, I've got to tell Kevin he said that. Actually he can do Elvis really well, but I'm not sure that's what he was going for last Sunday . . . .

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

Denise rocked on the drums!!!

Glad your mom is doing better Colleen

At 1:04 AM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

So glad your mom's doing better!!!

(That merits three exclamation points)



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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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